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Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has given Fulton County Schools a $500,000 grant to increase graduation numbers and curb the drop-out rate.

The money will help the school system with its five-year plan to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent, according to superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.

"In order to reach our aggressive but attainable strategic plan goals, we need support from the philanthropic community," Avossa said. "We are very excited to collaborate with so many partner organizations and are grateful to the Glenn Family Foundation for its belief in the work that we are doing."

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The Atlanta-based foundation was excited to provide Fulton County with a grant.

Seminal Photography Exhibition ‘Posing Beauty’ Makes Southeast Debut at Spelman College

Seminal Photography Exhibition ‘Posing Beauty’ Makes Southeast Debut at Spelman College

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the first institution in the Southeast to present the nationally touring exhibition, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.” Featuring more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers, “Posing Beauty” explores ways contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by the works of photographers and artists dating from 1890 to the present.  The exhibition will be on view Sept. 5 through Dec. 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading historians of African-American photography.

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

Silver
* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

ATLANTA -- Fulton County wants female tweens and teens to participate in Priceless University, a “college prep” program that focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses. The Office of Children and Youth is recruiting middle and high school female youth to participate in the two-year leadership skills development program that provides the tools for young women to reach their “Priceless” potential outside of academics. 

Priceless University offers weekly classes to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants.  The following courses are just a few examples of the courses offered: College Readiness, Business Etiquette, Career Placement Assessments, Financial Literacy, CPR/First Aid Certification, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Public Speaking and Global Competition. 

Program participants meet on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. After completing the two-year curriculum, students graduate from the program.

Tri-Cities HS to hold magnet program open house

Tri-Cities HS to hold magnet program open house

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Tri-Cities High School will hold an open house this weekend.

The open house will be Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tri-Cities High's magnet program gives budding artists and performers the chance to study and train in their passions while earning their high school diplomas. Learn more at fultonschools.org.

The school is located at 2575 Harris Street in East Point.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)